NEWS: Mayors Unite For Gay Marriage, Teachers Fail GLSN Study, Fox Blurs Out Andrew Sullivan, And More!
*Some 70 big-city mayors—including Democrats Annise Parker of Houston, Thomas Menino of Boston, Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Rahm Emanuel of Chicago (above); Republican Jerry Sanders of San Diego and Independent Michael Bloomberg of New York City—are set to join Freedom to Marry at a news conference pushing for federal same-sex marriage rights on Friday in Washington, DC. [Wall Street Journal]
*Rep. Richard Floyd of Tennessee in introducing a bill that would make it a crime to use a public facility designated for the opposite sex. Floyd told the Times Free Press that if “my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there—I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there— I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.” That’s so f*cked up we’re not even sure what it means. [Transgender Law Center]
*Is Andrew Sullivan‘s name a dirty word? Then why did Fox News blur it when showing the cover of the latest Newsweek? [Politico]
*Two dozen people protested outside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s midtown Manhattan office on Tuesday, just hours after the Governor released his new state budget for 2012. The group, which included members of Queer Rising, was protesting the lack of increased funding for shelters and services for LGBT homeless teens. Four people were arrested. [Village Voice]
* A new study put out by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network found elementary-school teachers generally unprepared to discuss LGBT issues in the classroom. Only 48% of the educators polled said they felt comfortable responding to questions about gays and lesbians and only 41% said the same about questions regarding transgender people. Oh well, ignorance is bliss, right? [Instinct]